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One of a Kind Finds at Athalia of Newport


Newport has a long legacy of being called “home” by great artisans. Last year, Emily Athalia Hirsch joined the ranks among the city’s talented jewelers when she opened Athalia of Newport at 26 Franklin Street. Appearing at craft shows throughout New England and beyond for more than a decade, the talented artisan decided it was time to establish a home base with her own shop where she could handcraft unique, never duplicated pieces made from sterling 12439340_10153330631631129_543726291434093801_nsilver, semi-precious stones, glass and vintage finds. “I wanted to bring an all handmade shop to Newport that would showcase some of my favorite artisans,” says Emily. “Besides my one of a kind pieces, you can find photography,  pottery, scarves, purses, stationary, soaps and lotions, coasters, mobiles, and candles. Every item in the shop is handcrafted. We have $6 soaps up to $600 necklaces.”

With the one year anniversary of her opening i sight, it’s clear Emily has been settling in just fine.”I love being on Franklin Street because of the history, the beauty, the central location and my wonderful neighbors!” she says. “We all work together to support one another. The quality on the street is outstanding, antiques, handmade glass, clothing and other beautiful products.”

This coming weekend, Athalia of Newport will be one of dozens of local and regional artisans at the 2016 Festival of the Arts which will be held Sat., February 13th from 10-5pm in the Newport Marriott. The fabulous Curated, located in Tiverton, is producing the event which is part of the Newport Winter Festival.



February 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Things You’ll “Love, Actually” from The Rhode Show


We might be ready to raise the winter white flag, but this season is taking no prisoners. So while the cold temperature and seemingly endless snowstorms have their way, we may as well look fabulous as events like the Newport Winter Festival remind us that every snowy cloud has a silver lining! Here’s some winter survival fashion finds that might some in handy as you head to the Ice bar at Polar Pineapples and other festive happenings! Here’s what I brought to The Rhode Show this morning (segment clip will be posted later today). Also, I’m wearing designer Jude Connally, a New Jersey based-designer whose piece are available at Michael Hayes and are made in the USA!

 From Potter & Co. (all winter piece are 30% off)

Women’s Aconcagua Puffer Vest by The North Face

elizabeth_mckayThe Bowie trapper hat by Pistil features a shiny, quilted shell with insulation while faux fur warms your ears and forehead. Fun, contrast-colored, braided tassels can be tied together or left loose. The crown is lined in quilted satin.

The Pistil Athena scarf is long, lean and super soft. Acrylic yarns have a subtle sheen, and the fringed tassels are exceptionally lengthy.

The Flirt Skinny Yoga Tight (Wildcat) by Kira Grace features extra-long length with an inseam that allows it to flow over the heel, low-rise waistband with body contouring details for a smooth fit, comfortable compression and moisture-wicking fabric with 4-way stretch.

From Wish

Quilted Burberry jacket in white

Irish wool cap

Embellished cardigan by J. Crew

Elizabeth McKay blouse

From Rockportthe north face

The women’s Aliana Lace Up Boot features footbed cushioning that conforms to the shape of the foot for a personalized fit (faux fur)

The women’s Lorraine II Lite Lace Up Boot features ADIPRENE by adidas sport technology cushioning and Hydro-Shield waterproofing construction that keeps the feet dry and comfortable (faux fur)

The mens Trailbreaker Alpine Waterproof Duck Boot are waterproof, constructed with full grain durable leather uppers that are stylish and easy to clean, a padded tongue and collar to help prevent blisters, and Strobel Construction® for forefoot flexibility and a personalized fit.

February 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

Baby, You’re a Firework…

ImageSometimes in the dead of winter you need a little sparkle, and tonight’s fireworks display over Newport Harbor at 6:30pm might just be the best way to kick off a holiday weekend (and Newport Winter Festival). The weather peeps are calling for clear skies (but there’s a rain date for tomorrow at the same time, just in case). There’s some excellent viewing points–perhaps over dinner at The Mooring, craft cocktails on the top floor of Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen, happy hour at Celtica, or the divine Vanderbilt Grace, which will welcome guests and residents to watch fireworks from the hotel’s rooftop which offers an amazing vantage point. The cost is $8 per person and that includes hot chocolate and a cozy blanket. Even better, why not toast the night with a some bubbly???


February 15, 2013 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

It’s a “Mad” Mad World…

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Newport Winter Festival, grown ups may want to make note of tonight’s Samuel Adams Beer Dinner at The Mooring (reservations required, 401-846-2260) and the 11th Annual Martini Contest at Newport Grand.

Funny how a drink holds a certain panache, a signature swagger. The Cosmo clearly has the fictional Carrie Bradshaw and her gaggle of galpals to tank for making the ubiquitous pink potion the official cocktail of Girls Night Out, and while the martini has never really gone out of style, we have Mad Men’s Don and Betty Draper to thank for it’s soaring popularity. (Frankly, Betty is being blamed, in the best of ways, for a lot of trends recently, including full, flirty skirts paired with belted waists, and coifed, flipped ‘dos. Wanna get the Portsmouth’s own Cynthia Bogart of got the fashion scoop from Janie Bryant, the costume designer behind Mad Men. CLICK HERE to read the story).

I must confess, I have Christie’s to thank for reuniting me with the legendary libation. Five dollar martinis seven days a week? It’s no wonder I finally broke down. Their gateway martini was the bevy of fresh and fruity concoctions, but one evening the bartender convinced me to try a standard, shaken not stirred, Beefeater gin martini with a twist, and it was lovely.

They continue to make a great martini, and I adore a Fifth Element gin martini,  and espresso renditions from Asterisk, the Clarke Cooke House and the Brick Alley Pub. But we’ll have to wait to tonight to see who Newport thinks does it best…

Mad Men photo courtesy AMC, Sex and the City photo courtesy HBO

February 23, 2011 at 9:48 am 2 comments

Deals & Steals: Winter Fest Edition

There are tons of sales going around the island! Lots of restaurants and retailers are offering additional discounts with a Newport Winter Festival button, click here for a complete list of discounts.

Also, Kristina Richards is having a HUGE sale this weekend. If you have any doubt, I can tell you I picked up a T-Bags tunic with a stunning beaded collar that was marked $228 for $25. There were super steals on dresses and tops by Milly, Alice + Trixie, Shoshanna, Alexis, and Monrow, plus a whole table of sale jeans by J Brand, Seven, Rich & Skinny and DL1961.

Down on Lower Thames, shoe shop Tropical Gangstilettos is offering 35% off store-wide (except for new arrivals) where I spotted platforms, flats, knee-high boots and the much-coveted over-the-knee boots. Most sale shoes and boots with the discount are under $50. At Team One Newport, everything in the store is at least 15% off (there are a few exceptions) so sailors can gear up. And at Wish, the girls are gearing up for their big move up the hill, so there are huge discounts on top of the already low fabulous consignments.

J. McLaughlin on Bellevue has slashed prices to make room for spring, but the bast part is that so many of their pieces you can wear all year long. Case in point, the silk Kara vest I scored that was originally $198 for $25 and the $195 dress for $35. (The delightful silk taffeta ballerina skirt in pink (seen above) is also on sale and it’s awesome, as are scarves, belts, toes and accessories. Great menswear is also deeply discounted, including sweaters, polos, outerwear, hats, needlepoint belts, embroidered pans and ties! Visit my Facebook page to see info on their friends and family sale tomorrow from 11-4 p.m.

February 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Deals & Steals: Come Snow or High Water Edition

Looks like everyone survived the “snowpocalypse” that arrived yesterday! With round-the-clock plowing and some old-fashioned elbow grease, a majority of the retail areas around Bristol and Newport counties will be opening at regular times.

Snow or no snow, Kristina Richards Studio in Newport’s Washington Square kicks off a big sale today featuring JBrand and other denim for $50, cashmere for $75, Vix Swimwear for $50 (hello, Florida-bound), Free People for $25 and other stylish finds marked down to a mere $20, $30 and $40. This means you’ll be finding some of the hottest lines at up to 75% off! Sale starts today and lasts through Monday.

The Linen Shop is hosting their White Sale, where crisp white linens including sheet sets, pillows and shams, bath sets and towels are marked down significantly.

Also, the 22nd Annual Newport Winter Festival begins on Friday and lasts for 10 fun-filled days. (First timers should check out my article that explains it all in the Jan. 17 edition of the Hartford Courant- click here to check it out.) Many area retailers are offering a Newport Winter Festival discount, usually from 15% to 20%, with a festival button including Cosmetic Cosmos, Bailey T’s, Beach Party, The Black Dog, Brahmin, Frazzleberries, Jason & Co., Karma, Laura Jean, Pan Handler’s, Wag Nation and more. (Click here for a full listing of button discounts.)

Event highlights this weekend include Friday evening’s Beatlemania concert, Saturday’s 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off, a city-wide Scavenger Hunt (believe it or not, very competitive and a great way to get to know the city), and by nightfall, the comedy show at the Hotel Viking featuring Comedy Central darlings Tony V. and Jimmy Dunn. For the first time ever, Newport International Polo will be hosting a match on Middletown’s Second Beach (Sat. and Sun., free). What to wear to an oceanside polo match? Dress for function more than fashion. You would think it goes without saying, but no heels (spotted a handful of ladies with heels or heeled boots at the Polar Bear Plunge– it wasn’t working). And at some point during the festival, check out the WINEterfest Wine Tasting & Outside Ice Wine Bar at Newport Vineyards, where you’ll find taste various vineyard vintages as well as cheeses, chocolates and spreadable edibles offered from local gourmet purveyors. For those who don’t have the luxury of jetting off to warmer temps right now, you can get a taste of island living at Sunday night’s Tropical Drink Contest at the Gas Lamp Grille.

Parents should make it a point to bring their little ones to Saturday’s Toe Jam Puppet Band concert and/or Sunday and Monday’s Children’s Fair at the Newport Marriott. The Stylephile will be highlighting events throughout the festival, but you should head to the Newport & Bristol Counties Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (33 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport) for a brochure with all the events or check out the day-by-day calendar at

This weekend also kicks off the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and the American athletes will be sporting some fashionable duds for the opening ceremony by Ralph Lauren (the shawl cardigan and opening ceremonies knit hat are must-haves). Tune in to NBC-10 for all the snowboarding, skiing, ice skating and winter games you can handle (set your DVRs now so you don’t miss a beat while at the Newport Winter Festival).

February 11, 2010 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

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